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De Ligt needs to play, says Koeman

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Dutch national team coach Ronald Koeman has that he is relaxed about Matthijs de Ligt being used as a substitute at Juventus. However, he has also stated that his place on the national team could be under consideration if doesn’t feature often for the Bianconeri.

De Ligt joined Juventus this summer, rejecting the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain to make a move to Italy. However, the former Ajax skipper has endured a tough start to life in Turin with a forgetful preseason.

“On the one hand, you think he’ll play because he cost a lot of money,” Koeman told NOS.

“But if a club have Chiellini and Bonucci in their squad, it’s only fair that the Coach can make different decisions.

“I talked to Matthijs two weeks ago. He explained to me that he still needed adapt to the way Juve play and defend.

“Everything was different at Ajax: while physicality is enough in the Netherlands, positioning is so important in Italian football.

“I’m not worried, though. Someone with his quality will play so many games and become a starter. He’s not in doubt for the national team.

“However, if he’s still on the bench by October, he could lose his rhythm. It’s something I must consider.”

Juventus clinched a 1-0 victory over Parma and will be looking to make it two out of two as they host Napoli at home next weekend. It remains to be seen if de Ligt makes the cut as a starter for such an important game.

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